As we prepare for the school year, I’m reminded of the importance of using Scripture in our prayers, writing our prayers down, and speaking prayers out loud over our families and loved ones. So as the school year begins, share this printable with the families in your ministry and encourage parents to use these scriptures to speak blessings over their children on their first days and weeks of school. Families can print them out and post the prayers around their house or car, and they’re small enough to fit into a purse or wallet.
- For the school year: Luke 2:52 – God, help [child’s name] grow in wisdom (mentally) and in stature (physically), and in favor with God (spiritually) and men (socially). Guide their development, Lord, just as you guided their creation.
- Sunday: Proverbs 1:5 – Father, Your Word tells us that a wise man will listen and add to their learning and that the discerning will attain wise counsel. Lord, give [child’s name] godly teachers who can provide wise counsel and inspire them to search after learning. And once they have learned, give them understanding and discernment in how to apply what they know. Make them wise.
- Monday: Philippians 4:6-7 – Lord, I pray that [child’s name] will not be anxious for anything as they go back to school. Call them to Yourself in prayer so that they will submit their requests to You with thanksgiving. Grant them Your peace in their hearts and minds, and blow them away with your calming presence
- Tuesday: Psalm 133:1 – Lord, according to Your Word, it is good and pleasant when Your children live together in unity. Father, give [child’s name] godly friends at school with whom they are united. Provide friends who share the same beliefs and interests so that they will have strength in numbers to stand against the schemes and temptations of the Enemy.
- Wednesday: Colossians 3:23 – Father, help [child’s name] to understand that whatever work they do is not to please teachers or even to please their parents, but it is ultimately to please You, their Heavenly Father. Help them remember they work for You and not for anyone else and instill an attitude of hard work in them.
- Thursday: 2 Corinthians 12:9 – Lord, help [child’s name] rest in the fact that Your grace is sufficient to carry them through, even and especially when they fail. When challenges arise that are too much for them, carry them by Your great strength. Let Christ’s power rest on them and be the source of their strength.
- Friday: Romans 12:2 – Father, help [child’s name] not to be conformed to this world. Help them to set their minds on the fact that we live this life for a greater purpose than ourselves. Renew their minds and help them live constantly and consistently in your good, pleasing, and perfect will.
Just a few more since it was too hard to pick just 5-6…
Isaiah 54:17 – Father, the Enemy is always on the hunt to harm us. I speak Your word over [child’s name] that says no weapon formed against them shall prosper and every tongue that rises against them in judgment shall be condemned. It is their heritage as Your servants and Your righteousness will protect them.
Philippians 4:8 – Jesus, the world will throw stumbling blocks and discouragement in our way. When that happens, remind [child’s name] to focus on what is true, what is noble, what is just, what is pure, and what is lovely. Lord, if there is anything good or praiseworthy, help them to meditate on those things.
Matthew 5:9 – Jesus, You teach us that those who make peace in troublesome situations will be called Your children. May [child’s name] be instruments of Your peace in situations full of strife and arguing. Let them be peacemakers in a chaotic world.
Matthew 5:6 – Jesus, You teach us that You will bless those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. In this world, there are many distractions that my children could follow. Place in [child’s name] such a hunger and thirst for Your ways that they aren’t interested in the ways of the world. Consume their thoughts, hearts, and minds with Yourself so they might be filled with You.
Isaiah 43:2 – Lord, school can be overwhelming. Turn [child’s name]’s attention to the fact that when they pass through the waters, You are with them. When they go through rivers, they will not be swept away. When they must walk through fire, You will be with them and will protect them from being burned.
Now that you’ve got parents praying specifically over their kids, use this printable for yourself/your team to pray purposefully over the kids you serve too!
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